April 22nd is Earth Day, a time to celebrate the progress we’ve made helping our environment and to renew our commitment to do more.
The first Earth Day took place in 1970 as a way of calling attention to the harm humans were causing the environment. At that time, people were beginning to realize that the rate at which we were polluting our air and water had an impact on all life, including our own. The Earth, we realized, was finite.
Within a year of that first Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency was formed. Within two years, the Clean Air and Clean Water acts were greatly strengthened. This was a serious movement and it was succeeding. The Earth Day Network is a group that coordinates Earth Day activities around the globe. Their priorities in 2019 are climate change, plastic pollution, and endangered species.
On this Earth Day, reflect on the good things you already do to reduce your impact on the environment. Then, learn what more you can do and commit yourself to those goals. A great place to learn more is at www.earthday.org
Working together, we can do great things!